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barely able (to do sth)

This page is about the collocation barely able (to do sth)

collocation pattern: adverb + adjective

Meaning

only just able to do something

For example

  • It was so dark I was barely able to see.

  • By the end of their drinking session, they were barely able to walk.

Note:
A similar collocation is "barely capable (of)", and related collocations include "barely visible" and "barely audible"

Quick Quiz

I was barely able to hear her. She was speaking

a. a foreign language

b. too loudly

c. too softly

Contributor: Matt Errey